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children by those lovers, you can even have adulterous lovers, and you're protected as a citizen of the united states. but the minute you tell them privately that you view them as spiritual spouses, the state comes in and prosecutes you. >> reporter: the law banning polygamy dates back to a supreme court decision in 1879. the court said it may be a religious practice bus it doesn't deserve constitutional protection any more than human sacrifice, which they considered to be comparable. but this is the same court that banned interracial marriage. so should polygamy be reconsidered too? >> if you've got a case where you have all consenting adults and nobody's being hurt, what's wrong with that? >> i don't care what these people are telling you.u. there's not a single polygamous
family out there that the women are truly happy inside. >> reporter: critics say there is plenty of evidence that polygamy fosters abuse. remember those allegations of children forced to marry older men in that mormon splinter group? the browns' attorney says there is no abuse in this family and he challenges everyone to join the argument. who is really being hurt here? dan harris, abc news, new york. opening statements are expected today in the perjury trial of baseball great roger clemens. he's accused of lying to congress when clemens said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. most of the jurors are women who say they have little or no interest in pro baseball. the trial could last about a month. former first lady betty ford's body is being flown today to grand rapids for another memorial service. >> at her funeral in california, ford was remembered for boldly opening bun her personal struggles. abc's diana alvear brings us the fond memories. >> reporter: peggy and daniel,
good morning. it's easy to see why so many people loved betty ford. her family and friends taught about a woman with strong midwestern roots, a firm sense of self, and above all a huge heart. memories of betty ford filled st. margaret's church. mourners recalled a woman who stayed true to herself no matter the circumstances. >> i'll move to the white house, do the west i can, and if they don't like it they can kick me out. but they can't make me be somebody i'm not. >> reporter: funny,feisty, and a above all, fearless. ford personalized the role of first lady. >> women no longer are ashamed of having mastectomies. >> reporter: america witnessed her courage as she battled breast cancer. her bravery continued upon leaving the white house. she admitted struggling with addiction and publicly discussed her treatment. later founding the betty ford clinic. >> today i am a very grateful recovering alcoholic. >> she was never afraid to speak
the truth. even about the most sensitive subjects. including her own struggles with alcohol and painkillers. >> reporter: fellow former first lady roslyn carter fondly recalled their decades-long friendship. as three other first ladies -- michelle obama, hillary clinton, and nancy reagan -- listened. former president george w. bush also attended in lieu of his wife laura. they celebrated ford's extraordinary life and legacy of there is a humorous moment during cokie roberts' eulogy when she said betty ford had specifically asked her to talk about bridgigi political differences in washingngn during her eulogy. and roberts said it almost seemed as though she scheduled her own funeral to happen right when washington needed to hear that most. peggy, daniel? >> isn't that interesting that five year later those words would come to be so true. all right, little buddy. another sad passing in southern california.
this manmade a living making people laugh. >> we're talking about sherwood schwartz. he created two lowbrow iconic sitcom ises known for their schlockysitcoms. ♪ the skipper brave and sure >> he created "the brady bunch" in 1969. critics hated the show but viewers still love it even to this day. the reruns are a big hit. decades later on cable tv. >> a classic moment. >> i hate to laugh at that but it really was. marcia, marcia, marcia! >> these shows did illuminate these struggles teenagers had, albeit in this semi-perfect way. sherwood schwartz died yesterday of intestinal infection, he was 94 years old. >> what a career. he definitely gave a lot of us a lot of joy watching those shows. i think a lot of people consider florence henderson to be america's mom, mrs. brady. >> the characters wind gilligan's island, we talked about how it was a social microcosm, looking at how people of different backgrounds had to
get together to figure things out. i would consider myself the professor. >> you would be the perfect professor. >> i think you'd be ginger. >> are you a ginger or a marianne? everybody knows what that vernacular means. take a look at your forecast here now. heat advisories from texas and across much of the southeast. thunderstorms in new orleans, montgomery, and miami. hail and 80 mill an hour winds from kentucky to colorado. heavy winds in the desert southwest and scattered thunderstorms in the north east. >> 67 in seattle. dallas hits 101. omaha 82. detroit 79. near 90 here in new york. 99 in atlanta. one more nod to "the brady bunch." after winning one of the most memorable games in the history of women's soccer the women of team usa have two more games to win before they can win
the world cup. >> semifinals match against france. emotions will be riding high especially after their historic victory against brazil on penalty kicks. unbelievable sports match. i can't get over it. >> it really is incredible. everybody expected brazil to win. if you are planning on playing hooky, phoning in to the boss, today's game will take place at 11:30 a.m. eastern and it can be seen on ourister network espn. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now."
you go to dinner and a noisy child ruins everything. of course other children, not your children. >> of course not our children. we're talking about a restaurant in pittsburgh that is looking to fix this problem. they've decided to completely ban kids under the age of 6. because they're just too loud. well, wtae's jim parsons has more on that. >> reporter: it's mostly known for its golf driving range. but for nine years mac dane's in monroeville also has been serving dinner. starting next weekend, that service will end for children under age 6. owner mike vuett says little kids are just too noisy. >> nothing wrong with babies but the fact is you can't control their volume. there may be restaurants that prefer to cater to such things. not here. i think it's the height of being impolite and selfish, and so therefore i instituted a policy. >> there you go. yum! >> reporter: steffi kelly has been going to mac dane's for dinner once a week since her son was born a year ago.
now her child will be banned. >> i it was an ignorant decisio. you know, who says that it's 6 you're magically mature enough to eat in a restaurant? >> reporter: customers we polled said kids in the restaurant don't bother them but they support mac dane's right to deny service to them. >> it's up to him. if he thinks they're a problem under 6 i think the patrons should abide by that. >> what did you say? >> out they go if these his determination, yes. out they go. >> i am offended. it's like we're being discriminated against because we have children. >> reporter: vuett says, get a babysitter. >> we've had the place 22 years, the restaurant nine. i've noticed in nine years there are certain parents who can't leave their children at home. their child maybe as it should be is the center of their universe but they don't realize it's not the center of the universe. >> this stirs up a lot of response from people. it has been our question at wnnfans.com.
often aligning along parental lines. >> right, if you have kids. >> i love this from ginger. being a waitress, we should be able to ban rude people. >> i think i should be able to bring my dogs to restaurants because they never cry, they sit politely and quietly, they're happy with a bowl of water. >> take the doggie bag home with the kids. >> if he only knew how hard it is to get a babysitter, are you kidding me isn't it takes like an act of congress. kidding me isn't it takes like an act of congress. we know how that's going. you realize that 49 million americans struggle with hunger? that's one out of every 6 americans. these people are around us every day. they're our friends, they're our coworkers, their kids go to school with our kids. sometimes we're not even aware that they're struggling. this problem is closer than you think, but so is the solution. announcer: play a role in ending hunger.
typically it's the boys who do all the roughhousing in sports. but girls are getting into the action as well. >> that's right. they're strapping on the pads and taking up the popular retro sport of roller derby. here's abc's ryan owens. >> reporter: if these women look like hell on wheels, they are.
you're in austin, texas, the capital of the lone star state and the cradle of modern-day roller derby civilization. yes, ready or not, roller derby is back. and it's all grown up. >> let them hear you if you love them, ladies and gentlemen! >> reporter: meet margaret thackler. by day, a mild-mannered math and science teacher. so beloved by her students she was voted teacher of the year. >> okay, we'll do it. >> reporter: a wife and mother of two. but by night -- >> i like knocking people down. >> reporter: she is -- >> olivia! >> reporter: olivia shooting john of the hot rod honeys. how did this young mother go from teaching trigonometry to kids to body-checking grown women? >> one of the girlfriends that i played soccer with said she wanted to try out. and i thought, well, i'll go
with you as a supporter. >> and you didn't know what it was? >> i had no clue. i didn't find out until five months later. what even the game looked like. >> reporter: each team has a skater called the jammer who scores points by passing other skaters, called blockers, who are doing their best to knock her down. they go around and around like this for an hour. you don't worry about getting hurt? >> i don't. i think i worry more about hurting other people with my over-the-top play. >> remind me to stay off the track when you're around. >> reporter: the sport is so popular, it even has a junior league. the derby brats. a new generation, derby fans hope, will ensure this sport doesn't disappear again. >> if your daughter wants to play roller derby you should be like, yes, that is strong women, awesome. >> reporter: ryan owens, abc news, austin, texas. >> in your roller derby days you
leaves thihisurface three times cleaner than a dishcloth. super clean. super soft. bounty extra soft. in the pink pack. "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> and time for your "morning papers." this is a really sad story. which hopefully is going to have a happy ending because they're trying to take care of this duck in naples, florida. i remember doing a story on this sort of similar. it wasn't a dart, it was an arrow. take a look at this poor fellow. he's got a dart from his head, this little duck. he was impaled with a dart. they're trying to capture the duck so they can save the guy. they're saying it looks likee this dart duff missed vital organs. >> went right through his head, did it not? >> more importantly they're saying in florida you need to teach your kids or maybe folks playing in the backyard thinking this is funny to aim at animals, this is what can happen. they're trying to make this a lesson for folks to not do this
and make sure you say to your kids, this is not funny. >> at least he seems okay for now. >> that can't go on for too much longer though. >> this is leading into our next story out of the "sacramento bee." talking about the california state fair. i don't know if you can see there some maggots coming out of here. >> no, there is not. >> would you like a bite, peggy? it's really tasty. >> it's high protein. >> dried maggots and melted the cheese on two slices of bread. >> they're calling it a maggot -- >> oh, geez, sorry, there was a maggot that tried to get away there, i'm sorry. it's part of their california state fair. lots of other things going on, by the way. they've got all sorts of agricultural stuff going on. a kangaroo calf named joey will be out there. >> we're having good time. you always hear about the disgusting things they serve at the state fair. it's like deep fried fat or something. speaking of thing uz you shouldn't eat at the state fair because it can lead to this problem, obese kids. right now t tre is an article and a bunch of parents that are
protesting this. they're saying that parents who have obese children, very obese children, you've heard about this in the news, we're talking about super obese kids, should actually lose custody of those children because it is poor parenting to allow those kids to be so overweight and it's very unhealthy. they are not saying in the study what would happen to the kids after they confiscated the otherweight children. where would they go? >> education would play a big role from this for parents too. finally, i should say by the way pixar is part of the disney parent company, as well as abc news. in herriman, utah, check this out. there's a how the that's built to the exact dimensions from the house from "up!" they can add bloop bloops to it at some poinin it's $400,000, roughly. >> 2,800 square feet. >> fantastic movie, by the way. >> i love when it daniel says housus because your canadian comes out.
this morning on "world news now," summer simmer. the intense heat that is gripping the nation. it is taking its toll. >> two dozen states under heat warnings and advisories with temperatures that feel like 120 degrees. it's a steaming hot wednesday, july 13th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm daniel sieberg in for rob nelson. this heat wave has now turned fatal. today's going to be another hot one across much of the country. and now there's one more threat from mother nature, a severe drought in some farming states. folks there just can't catch a break. it's adding insult to injury. >> that's for sure.
of course we're going to be talking about the cattle and the impact on a lot of the farmers' crops. no grass. >> very serious issue for a lot of folks there. also coming up, a true war hero. an army sergeant who almost didn't finish high school. find out what he did to earn the highest military honor. definitely a hero, that's for sure. >> an unbelievably selfless act that he performed in the line of duty. later this half hour, a dog named sasha who fell 150 feet off a cliff and survived without food or water for days. see who found sasha when her humans had just about given up on her. >> she's a beauty too. >> you think cats have nine lives. dogs have got nine lives too. >> nothing cuter than dog in a cast, we should have a dog in a cast alert right there. >> she's like, i'm going to lie down now. we do begin with a blast of oppressive hot air that has nearly half the country feeling like a furnace. >> from texas to the east coast, 100 million people are struggling to cope with warnings and advisories posted again, the
sweltering heat is being blamed for several deaths. more from abc's scott goldberg. >> reporter: there's a difference between hot and dangerously hot. and already there are signs this summer can kill. >> it kind o o makes you realiz that, you know, it can happen to you. >> reporter: in jackson, mississippi, a 61-year-old died after working in his yard. in nearly two dozen states, there are heat advisories. health experts worry humidity could push the heat index to 120 degrees, so hot the human body can't cool itself. >> the way our bodies deal with heat is sweating. as the humidity goes up you can't effectively sweat and your dy takes the full brunt of that temperature. >> reporter: when the heat breaks the summer still is menacing. in the midwest storm winds gusted up to 85 miles an hour, killing at least one person, injuring six. across the south, it's the lack of rain that's troublesome. a drought that some predict could rival the depression-era dust bowl. as the heat rolls east, a strain in the electrical grid knocked out power to parts of manhattan.
the power company is urging customers to save energy. new yorkers might have to visit one of the city's official cooling stations at senior centers or libraries. or someplace less official, like this. >> keeping hydrated and sun block. >> reporter: there's the classic city solution, the fire hydrant. all ways of coping with this young summer that already has made a searing impression. >> folks are encouraged to do that, open u u the neighborhood fire hydrant. >> anything you can do to stay cool. definitely as we say, check in on folks who might not have air conditioning and look out for pets. also taking a look at today's with are we have severe storms with hail and gusty winds from denver to rapid city. also st. louis and louisville. showers in the pacific northwest. more rain in the four corners region. thunderstorms from new orleans to tallahassee. and cooler with widely scattered showers in the northeast. >> it's a sunshine day is the song we're listening to. >> the bradys.
>> that's "the brady bunch" song. upper 70s from fargo to detroit. 101 in dallas. 102 in phoenix. sacramento climbs to 80. and salt lake city 90. the tsa is on the defensive this morning after a new congressional report on airport security breaches. that report shows that there have been more than 25,000 breaches at airports since late 2001. that's one breach for every 170,000 passengers. members of congress meet today to investigate airport security ten years after the 9/11 attacks. another topic that congress is no doubt growing weary of, budget talks. they've stalled. but republican lawmakers have unexpectedly offered the president new powers to avert a financial crisis. abc's jake tapper has the latest now from the white house. >> reporter: republican senate leader mitch mcconnell presented the unusual proposal to empower the president to raise the debt ceiling while congress votes to disapprove. >> i still want to cut spending. i was hoping he wanted to cut
spending without extracting as a condition for cutting spending what we believe are job-killing tax increases. >> reporter: president obama told cbs news if this impasse is not resolved before default day, august 2nd,here will be an immediate effect on social security, veterans' benefits, and medicaid. >> i cannot guarantee those checks go out on august 3 tuesday we haven't resolved this issue. >> this is turning into a laugh except it's nothing funny about it. >> reporter: former republican senator alan simpson who co-chaired the deficit commission said the american people are rightly disgusted and he's personally bothered by republicans undermining any chance of speaker boehner compromising. >> if that's the stuff that's going on in my party, where the pettiness overcomes the patriotism, it's disgusting to me. >> reporter: a democrat familiar with negotiations said at the most recent meeting there is a growing recognition that they needed to put aside the talking points and get to work. but the clock is ticking. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. a suburban, new orleans man
arrived home from work toind a horrific scene. his wife and three small daughters were shot to death. the girls were all in one bed with their mother lying across them and at the foot of the bed. at this point police believe it was a case of murder-suicide. overseas where funeral services are set tomorrow for the brother of afghan president hamid karzai. walid karzai was gunned down by a trusted associate yesterday. the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack but there's doubt about the rebel group's involvement. in a moving white house ceremony president obama awarded the nation's highest military honor to army sergeant first class leroy petrie for bravery in the line of fire. petrie's actions cost him his right hand but he saved the lives of his comrades. >> reporter: above and beyond. at's where leroy petrie went in may 2008. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain
discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petrie decided he's not done. and when he reenlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> you know the med of a of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> also he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life which is really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keeps on giving. opening statements are expected today in the perjury
trial of baseball great roger clemens. at issue is whether clemens lied to congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. most of the jurors are women who say they have little or no interest in baseball. all right, for the second consecutive year the national league snagged baseball's bragging rights in last night's all-star game. >> milwaukee's prince fielder crushed a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, a play that earned him the mvp prize. ten national league pitchers combined to keep the american league to just six hits. it was sort of a low-scoring affair by comparison to some years. >> take a look at that beard. they say they do that for intimidation purposes. the final score on this one 5-1. the victory gives the national league home field advantage in the world series. i can't believe they sayayomen aren't interested in baseball. >> see? by the way, we should point out there was a moment of silence before the game, has to do with the victcts of the tucson shooting in january. of course this game took place
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it's like a pitcher, you've got to do stretches first. >> i always know this story's coming up because you start stretching t t minutes before. this is as we call it our favorite story of the day. >> why not. >> for cry is out loud. all right. they say a cat has nine lives. it was a seattle dog that actually cheated death. in seattle people love their
dogs. >> they do. they love their dogs everywhere, don't they? in fact she fell 150 feet down a cliff right in front of her owners who were shocked. she managed to fight the elements and the odds to survive. >> and she's my best friend. and she's been there and she's been a source of joy and companion ship. >> reporter: it's a reunion gwen hall and her boyfriend jim krieger thought might never come. the sight of their 5-year-old bernese mountain dog alive. sasha fell 150 feet off a cliff on mt. eleanor in the olympic national forest. >> this goat appeared and sasha saw the goat and the goat took off running and sasha took off after it. >> reporter: devastated they searched for hours. with the steep cliffs andnd roc terrain they knew they needed help. >> my dog would never leave me. she'd die. she'd stay and die. and i'm leaving her. and jim just said, we're leaving to go get her help. >> reporter: they made a simple flyer and contacted mountain rescue. two days later a team of six
volunteers rappelled down the cliff and found the dog. for three days with no food or water, she'd laid on an icy ledge with a broken leg, alone. >> he said, and she's got a broken leg. and then i -- i just fell on the ground. i said, oh my god, are you telling me she's alive? he's like, she's alive. and i just was weeping and crying. i was so emotional. good girl, sasha. >> reporter: gwen says after searching high and low, part of the reason sasha m me it home is due to a higher power. >> because we love each other so much. she fought to stay alive up there, i know it. >> i get that. i do. >> dogs and their curiosity. >> yes, it's amazing. >> not unlike cats if they see something like that,t, goat. >> three days with a broken leg. that is great news that she's doing well. she was released from the hospital tuesday morning. and she's expected to make a full recovery. >> which we like. she's got the doggy cast. do you sign the doggy cast? >> no lamp shade. coming up, keeping your cool